Boris Johnson CANCELS ‘International Britain’ January go to to India to advertise post-Brexit worldwide commerce due to the brand new coronavirus lockdown
- The Prime Minister cancelled plans for a go to to New Delhi later this month
- He had accepted invitation from PM Narendra Modi as his first main journey overseas
- However advised Indian chief immediately that UK Covid surge meant he was wanted right here
The Prime Minister cancelled plans for a go to to New Delhi later this month after introducing a 3rd lockdown in England that can run till at the least the center of February.
He had accepted an invite to fulfill Indian prime minister Narendra Modi as his first main journey after Britain fully left the EU, as a sign of intent to spice up the UK’s wider ties around the globe.
However immediately Mr Johnson knowledgeable Mr Modi in a name from Downing Street that the journey wouldn’t be attainable.
A Downing Road spokeswoman stated: ‘[He] spoke to prime minister Modi this morning, to specific his remorse that he might be unable to go to India later this month as deliberate.
‘In mild of the nationwide lockdown introduced final evening, and the velocity at which the brand new coronavirus variant is spreading, the Prime Minister stated that it was vital for him to stay within the UK so he can concentrate on the home response to the virus.’
The Prime Minister cancelled plans for a go to to New Delhi later this month after introducing a 3rd lockdown in England.
He had accepted an invitation to meet Indian prime minister Narendra Modi (p[ctured) as his first major trip after Britain completely left the EU
However, Mr Johnson also held out the hope that they would be able to meet in the first half of this year ahead of a planned G7 suummit in Britain.
India is seen as a key strategic partner for the UK as it looks to forge a new path after cutting ties with Brussels.
Mr Johnson would have been the first PM since John Major to attend its annual Republic Day event as Guest of Honour.
It would also have been his first major bilateral visit since entering No10 in July 2019 – although much of that time has been dominated by the coronavirus pandemic.
Announcing the visit in December, Downing Street said Mr Johnson would use the trip to boost cooperation in trade and investment, defence and security, and health and climate change.
The UK-India trade relationship is worth around £24billion a year, and is said to support around half a million jobs.
There are 842 Indian companies in the UK with a combined turnover of £41.2billion.